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Hi

Would you say that these two idioms are essentially synonymous?

When you are a nurse, cleaning up vomit is all in a day's work.

When you are a nurse, cleaning up vomit is par for the course.

Thanks,

Tom

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I would say that they are very similar in meaning. However, I would use them in a slightly different way.

For a nurse, cleaning up vomit is all in a day's work--I would use this phrase to indicate that the nurse is taking the task in stride (not making a big deal of it). So the emphasis is on the attitude of the nurse.

For a nurse, cleaning up vomit is par for the course--I would use this phrase to indicate that cleaning up vomit is to be expected as part of the job of nursing. So the emphasis is on the nature of the job.

Clear?